Goodbye winter, hello spring. Get through the week and we will be rewarded with longer days, balmier temperatures (*ahem* a little create license here please). So here’s your Muddy fun factory. Pop your rosé into chill and go al fresco. PS you’re definitely going to need a coat.
First Hippo To The Moon, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 26 Feb
3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! The beautifully bonkers David Walliams has done it again with the The First Hippo On The Moon – a space race story with large puppets, songs and plenty of poo jokes. It premiered in Eastbourne and is finally making its debut in Berkshire. This brilliant children’s book is brought to life by Les Petits Theatre Company, with the help of creative peeps from Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and War Horse and is suitable for children 3+ years. It’s on at child-friendly times and tickets are £15 (kids £12) or £42 for a family of four.
First Hippo To The Moon is at The Hexagon Reading on Wed 29 Mar and The Corn Exchange Newbury Sun 23 Apr-Mon 24 Apr
The Dangled Carrot Supper Club, Nomad Bakery Caversham, Sat 25 Feb
If you’re a dedicated follower of foodie fashion, you’ll know that vegan cuisine is having a moment. So when the cool kids from Nomad Bakery in Caversham start hosting a new Supper Club with an amazing vegan and veggie menu, you know you’ve got your finger on the pulses (*groan* sorry I couldn’t resist)! Booking is essential as space is limited – and dining at this table is one of the hottest tickets in town. Tickets are £25, bring a bottle or you can find vegan and veggie wine there.
Colour In The Home, Coworth Park Ascot, Wed 1 Mar
Image: courtesy of Farrow & Ball
I am obsessed with colour. Having worked through 50 shades of grey, I’m adding pops over colour all over the place. That said, it’s a bit trial and error. So thank the lord Farrow & Ball’s international colour expert Joa Studholme is here to hold our hands. The event at Coworth Park also includes a Champagne reception, three-course lunch, coffee and petit fours AND a goodie bad. It all kicks off at 11am, tickets cost £65 and includes free entry into a draw for an individual Farrow & Ball consultation and afternoon tea for two. To book email Mardi.Timmer@dorchestercollection.com
Meet Fred, The Hexagon Reading, Wed 28 Feb
Warning! This show contains strong language and nudity… puppet nudity. Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet that fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. It sold out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year which makes it essential viewing for humans (and puppets) everywhere. Tickets £12.
A Disappearing Act, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 28 Feb
What do you get the you cross stories from NHS paramedics, TED Talks and cheesy 80s magic? It’s not the start of a bad joke, but the comic cocktail of A Disappearing Act. It’s an immersive comedy by Single Shoe Productions about letting go, how you want to be remember and what you hope people will forget. It is 45-minute preview performance their newest work, in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Spaces are limited, so you need to book, but the good news is that is absolutely FREE! Simply contact the box office to reserve your place 01344 484123
Mary Jane’s Soul Kitchen, Wokingham, Fri 24 Mar
Supper Clubs have been trending for so long in London, the hipsters have probably found a new foodie playground. However, it’s a taking a while to really catch on outside the M25. But Mary Jane’s Soul Kitchen is going strong and Mary and Jo’s diners simply cannot get enough of the great food. Although it’s not on this week, I’m giving you the heads up because seats at this table sell out fast. Jo creates the menu, while Mary provides the hospitality, her home and a passion for Soul music. It costs £40 per person includes a welcome drink, canapés, 3-course meal and coffee – but bring your own drinks. To make a reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary 07770 673450 or Jo 07885 042731.
Zombie-Rella / Blood-red Hood, Battle Library Reading, Sat 25 Feb
If your kids dream of the day our fairytale heroines go to the dark side, then they’re going to LOVE this! Join a mysterious vaudeville storyteller, Joseph Coelho, as he narrates Cinderella, you know the one… the version where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with a vampire prince. Oh, and there’s also the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf slayer who never leaves home without her shield, axe and bloodstained cloak. Suitable for kids ages 6-9, tickets are FREE (yippee), but you need to book. Anyone fancy a nice Chianti?
Battle Library, Oxford Road, Reading
Easter Egg Hunt & Show, Crown at Bray, Sat 15 Apr
Fancy disappearing down a rabbit hole? Now’s your chance. The fab Once Upon A Bus storytellers will be performing at The Crown at Bray on Sat 15 Apr. Inspired by Alice, see A Journey Through The Looking Glass, brought to life in a two-hour extravaganza featuring magical storytelling with special guest, CBeebies star Jane Deane. The kids will also enjoy a traditional egg hunt, crafty competitions and a disco – and a few bottle labelled ‘drink me’ for the grown up too. There are two sessions 11.30am and 3pm. Tickets cost £13.50, children; £3, adults and £30, family ticket. Book now: email@example.com or tel 01628 621936.
Pitch Black, No Such Place Covent Garden London, Thur 23 Feb and throughout 2017
There have been a few occasions when I’ve been blind drunk, but the idea of a blind drinking sesh is new to me. Pitch Black is a spinky spanky new Covent Garden bar where you knock back innovative tipples in complete darkness, relying just on your senses. Dubbed the ‘Dans le Noir‘ of the drinking world, expect a side order of witty banter from the servers during your 90-minute slot. Tickets cost £45 per person. A bib might come in handy if you are prone to missing your mouth.
Pitch Black, No Such Place, Neal Street, London. designmynight.com
Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace London, Fri 4 Feb, and throughout 2017
Can you believe it has been 20 years Prince Diana’s death? God I feel old. But when you think of Diana and the pivotal moments in her life, each chapter is bookmarked by her style. Diana: A Fashion Story, charts her evolution from demure deb to style icon. From the see-through skirt at her engagement announcement and the iconic midnight blue gown she wore to dance with John Travolta to the Revenge Dress, as it became known, worn the night Charles admitted to having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall. More than a passing trend, each dress is a diary entry of her personal highs and lows. The exhibition is a fascinating story – poignant, beautiful and sometime heartbreaking. Tickets: from £16.50